Walking can cure lower back pain.

Walking can cure back pain, a new study has found

Walking can cure back pain, a new study has found

A new study carried out by a university in Australia has found that going for a stroll three times a week could have a "profound impact" on the condition that affects eight out of 10 people in the UK.

Speaking about the study, which was published in the journal Lancet, Mark Hancock, professor of physiotherapy at Macquarie University in Australia, said: "Walking is a low-cost, widely accessible and simple exercise that almost anyone can engage in, regardless of geographic location, age or socio-economic status.”

To come up with the findings, scientists charrted 700 people who had recovered from lower back pain within the last three years, and half of them were prescribed sessions with a physiotherapist whilst the others were allocated a specific walking programme to follow.

Prof Hancock said: “The intervention group had fewer occurrences of activity limiting pain compared to the control group, and a longer average period before they had a recurrence, with a median of 208 days compared to 112 days.”

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